Naudé, Old Vines Chenin Blanc 750ml 2016South Africa, Stellenbosch
The grapes on his vines are storied, complex and unique. Each year they represent something different – whatever nature allows them – and with any luck, he doesn’t get in the way.
'The nose is very dusty, pithy and laden with liquid minerals. There are aromas of crushed granite, chalk dust, peach stone, green apples, with a sprinkling of dried green baking herbs and fynbos. The palate shows harmonious weight, flesh and sleek textural depth, but remains quite broody and tight in its youth. All very subtle and tightly packaged, there are nuances of white crunchy pears, dusty white citrus, wet river pebbles, tart white peaches, citrus oil and picante tangerine peel. Fine mid-palate tension, vibrant fresh acids and as expected from a warm, dry vintage, plenty of concentration and length, albeit a little closed up and tight right now. This looks like a worthy follow up to the impressive 2015.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94/100
Like its much sought after earlier vintages the 2016 is 100% Chenin Blanc. This wine represents a blend of terroirs with the grapes coming from the same 35-50 year old vines in the Swartland, Durbanville and Stellenbosch. Whole bunch pressed, the juice underwent natural fermentation in 3rd fill French oak barrels where it was kept on the lees. The wine spent a year in barrel and shows luxurious body along with a striking purity and strong line of acidity. With minimal interference and no additions barring some sulphites, this wine will age for 30+ years.
The 2016 harvest was a challenging one, as heat waves and a very dry growing season from October through February meant that yields were smaller. The harvest also happened earlier for this reason. Thankfully these conditions also produced healthy, concentrated fruit. With smaller berries, low PH, good acidity and sugar levels, we were delighted with the quality of our 2016 harvest.
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